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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Nurses Clothing Covered in Bacteria

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Miuccia Prada.

 

We have a choice each day to look powerful, confident, elegant and chic through our clothing. The look we don’t want to present is “germy”; our clothing covered in bacteria. Especially true if we happen to be healthcare workers, or their patients. And even if our contact with patients is quick, it can be a problem.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Can You Sniff C. diff?

What are dogs really known for? Are they soft and cuddly? Man’s best friend? The fact: all are true, but one thing about dogs that we know to be true, is that they have an impeccable sense of smell.

 

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Topics: C. diff., Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Everybody is Watching. Better Wash Your Hands!


Admit it.  Have you ever behaved a certain way because you knew someone was watching?  Maybe you wanted to impress someone or maybe you just didn’t want to be embarrassed.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hawthorne Effect, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Touchscreens: The Mosquito of the Digital Age

The widespread and rapidly growing automation and digitization of our world has led to the installation of billions of touchscreens, both in our personal possession and in public use, such as at hospitals, airports, schools, restaurants, public transit, banks and government offices.

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Topics: Mobile Phone Bacteria, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

The Age Of Big Data – What Can It Do For Hand Hygiene?


In 1927 Flitz Lang released the classic movie “Metropolis” that tells the tale of how in 2027 the human workers would become slaves to machines. Who could forget also the Terminator series of films which depicted how machines would eventually try to take over the world.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Washing, Electronic Hand Hygiene Monitoring, Hand hygiene monitoring, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

25% of Seniors Leave Hospital with Superbugs


Recently I spent my Friday night at the hospital emergency.  Thankfully everything turned out fine, but as I sat in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but view things from an infection prevention perspective.  Call it a professional hazard, but watching out for potential infection transfer seemed to help pass the time.

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Topics: Long Term Care, Hospital Acquired Infections, MRSA, Infection Prevention in Healthcare

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